Quilting Tour to France, Belgium & the Netherlands

18
Nights
2019
Apr 23
From
$8690

Join Michelle Marvig on Travelrite International’s Quilting Tour to France, Belgium and the Netherlands, with an Optional pre-tour to PARIS

Visiting the Pour lÁmore du fils Show in Nantes, Bayeux, Saint Sulpice sur Risle, Bruges and Amsterdam.

Tour highlights

  • Pour l’Amore du Fil Show - exceptional exhibits, antique quilts, and dozens of famous artists and designers from around the world. There are more than 120 selected stands, workshops and demonstrations
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Angers Castle and the amazing Angers Apocalypse Tapestries located in the castle
  • Le Mille Patch quilting shop
  • Tapisserie de Bayeux. It is a wonderful 11th-century piece of embroidery depicting the 1066 Norman invasion of England
  • Atlier de la Souris - This quilting shop sells fabric by the metre, patchwork supplies, presents and home décor items
  • Saint Sulpice sur Risle, France, for a unique visit to the last surviving French manufacturer of pins and needles: BOHIN France
  • Calais lace museum
  • Tour of Bruges, known as the ‘Venice of the North - world-famous Market Square, the Royal Residence, Royal Square, Houses of Parliament and Art Nouveau houses and view the remarkable City Hall
  • Gobelin Creative Patchwork and Quilting store
  • Choco Museum, which tells the story of cocoa and chocolate from the Mayan’s via the Spanish conquistadors until today
  • Calico House, which has been a specialist in patchwork and quilting for 25 years
  • Den Hann and Wagenmakers
  • The museum of Bags and Purses
  • De Sampler quilt shop
  • Farewell Dinner
Quilting Tour to France, Belgium and the Netherlands   Map

Includes

  • Return economy-class air travel from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth to Paris and return to Australia from Amsterdam
  • Travel in first-class chartered coaches
  • Accommodation and breakfast in first-class and moderate first-class hotels, including taxes and service charges
  • Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Entry to the International Show of the Arts of the Thread and attractions as detailed in itinerary
  • Tour leadership by Michelle Marvig
  • Tour management by Travelrite International Pty. Ltd. with an experienced Tour Manager meeting the group in Paris
  • A Travelrite travel bag

Optional pre-tour to PARIS

paris 19th -23rd April, 2019

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Michelle Marvig

Michelle Marvig

Within two years of discovering patchwork, Michelle was working for an Australian distributor of American patchwork cottons, as a sample maker. This allowed her to work from home, around the responsibilities of her two small children. It also meant that she was exposed to many styles of fabrics, and stepped up to the challenge of designing quilts in all genres. It was during this time that her work was noticed by magazine editors. She was among the contributors included in the first edition of Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine. Since that date she has been published consistently in a wide variety of Australian magazines. Michelle is the editor of Quilters Companion Magazine as well as writing a permanent column in Quilter’s Companion, Road Test, where she puts different products through their paces. As technology changes, Michelle has now become a DVD presenter for Quilter’s Companion, with 7 DVD’s to her credit at this time. Michelle spreads her patchwork and quilting knowledge by teaching.

Her quilts have received awards at the NSW Quilter’s Guild Quilt shows in 2008, 2011 and 2012. She also escorts Australian quilters overseas on patchwork tours to America, Japan and Europe for Travelrite International and Quilter’s Companion. In 2009 Michelle designed her first fabric range for Charles Parsons. Called Suzani, it was a funky range of raspberries, aquas, mochas and zesty limes. The designs were hand drawn by Michelle and printed to her specific colours. Michelle followed up in 2010 with Michelle’s Backyard range, reflecting Australian flora, textures and colours: rich ochres, rusts, olives, blacks, sands. Michelle is skilled in all techniques of quilt making, but prefers to make quilts using her sewing machine. She is currently designing template sets to enable more intricate designs to be easily and accurately cut and machine pieced.

Read an Interview with Michelle Marvig

Day 1 Tuesday April 23, 2019 Depart
Our holiday begins with a flight to Paris.

Day 2 Wednesday April 24, 2019 Nantes, France
This morning we arrive in Paris, France. After clearing customs we are met by the Travelrite Tour Manager and will travel to Nantes, a city on the Loire River in the Upper Brittany region of western France. The city has a long history as a port and industrial centre. It is home to the restored, medieval Château des Ducs de Bretagne, where the Dukes of Brittany once lived. Upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel. We will enjoy our fournight stay while we visit the Pour l’Amore du Fil Show.

Day 3 Thursday April 25, 2019 Nantes
This year will be the eleventh year that the Pour l’Amore du Fil Show has operated. It has exceptional exhibits, antique quilts, and dozens of famous artists and designers from around the world. There are more than 120 selected stands, workshops and demonstrations. We will attend the show today and in the evening enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 4 Friday April 26, 2019 Nantes
Another day to enjoy the Pour l’Ámore du Fil Show. The rest of the day will be free for shopping or exploring.

Day 5 Saturday April 27, 2019 Nantes
Today we travel to visit the magnificent Angers Castle and see the amazing Angers Apocalypse Tapestries located in the castle. We see a large medieval tapestry produced between 1377 and 1382 made of wool using the low warp technique. On average it is 103 metres long and 4.5 metres wide. We continue with a visit Tissus-de-la-Mine quilting shop in Saint Sylvain d’Ánjou. Tour members will be able to get their fill of wonderful quilting supplies. We return to Nantes for an evening at leisure.

Day 6 Sunday April 28, 2019 Bayeux, France
This morning we travel to Bayeux, a town on the Aure River in the Normandy region of north-western France. On the journey we stop in Le Chapelle Saint Aubon to visit Le Mille Patch quilting shop, which stock many different varieties of fabric.

Day 7 Monday April 29, 2019 Bayeux
Today we visit the famous 68-metre Tapisserie de Bayeux. It is a wonderful 11th-century piece of embroidery depicting the 1066 Norman invasion of England. It is listed as an USCO Memory of the World and is on display in an 18th-century seminary. In the afternoon we visit the Sophie Passion and Couture Boutique, which offers the biggest choice of patchwork fabric in the region.

Day 8 Tuesday April 30, 2019 Bayeux
Today we travel to Caen to visit Atlier de la Souris. This quilting shop sells fabric by the metre, patchwork supplies, presents and home décor items. We continue with a visit to Beuvron-en-Auge, one of Normandy’s prettiest villages, packed with gems. Wander around the village and admire the 16th-century Vieux manor, the 17th and 18th-century half-timbered houses, and visit the many specialist botiques located in the village centre.

Day 9 Wednesday May 1, 2019 Saint Sulpice sur Risle, France
This morning we travel to Saint Sulpice sur Risle, France, for a unique visit to the last surviving French manufacturer of pins and needles: BOHIN France (180 years of business, with products distributed in over 35 countries). Nestled on the riverbank, this factory is still in operation, working with the same ancient expertise and old machines as those used in times gone by. We will explore 2000m2 of production workshops where the company’s employees work, and discover the factory’s huge, contemporary museum and shop.

Day 10 Thursday May 2, 2019 Bruges, Belgium
Today we travel to Bruges, Belgium, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium, distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. On the journey we visit the Calais lace museum. Calais, made famous for lace making in the 19th century when English lace makers, who invented the lace making loom, smuggled one of their looms into France and set up near the museum. The museum shows gorgeous hand-made lace from the 17th century to modern times. We also see hundreds of wonderful costumes incorporating lace. On arrival in Bruges we are transferred to our hotel.

Day 11 Friday May 3, 2019 Bruges
This morning we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Bruges, known as the ‘Venice of the North’ and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. We will see the world-famous Market Square, the Royal Residence, Royal Square, Houses of Parliament and Art Nouveau houses and view the remarkable City Hall. There will also be time to explore the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals.

Day 12 Saturday May 4, 2019 Bruges
This morning we will visit the Bruges Lace Centre. It has been housed in a renovated old lace school of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. We will see various types of lace and learn about their geographical origin. We will also learn about the lace industry in Bruges. In the afternoon we visit the Gobelin Creative Patchwork and Quilting store. This store has been in existence for 25 years. You will be amazed at the amount and variety of cotton fabric that is on offer.

Day 13 Sunday May 5, 2019 Bruges
This morning we will visit the Choco Museum, which tells the story of cocoa and chocolate from the Mayan’s via the Spanish conquistadors until today. We will see how chocolate is made and learn the health benefits of chocolate. This afternoon is free for individual exploration.

Day 14 Monday May 6, 2019 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Today we travel to Amsterdam, Netherlands. We first travel to picturesque Antwerp a port city on the River Scheldt with a history dating from the Middle Ages. We visit Calico House, which has been a specialist in patchwork and quilting for 25 years. They stock an extensive range of fabrics and a large line of cardboard for English paper piecing. On arrival in Amsterdam we are transferred to our city hotel

Day 15 Tuesday May 7, 2019 Amsterdam
In the morning we join a glass-top canal boat cruise and explore Amsterdam’s maze of canals. We learn about the history of this gorgeous city. We have free time in the afternoon to visit the Rijks Museum or Van Gogh Museum, or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere and watch the world go by.

Day 16 Wednesday May 8, 2019 Amsterdam
This morning we visit the famous Den Hann and Wagenmakers, which stocks amazing original handmade Dutch reproduction print fabric, duvets and bedcoverings. Right next door is Birdblocks, a patchwork and quilting shop which stocks excellent, modern fabrics with a large selection. The owner is very friendly and enthusiastic. In the afternoon we visit the museum of Bags and Purses. This amazing museum has more than 5,000 bags, pouches, suitcases, purses and matching accessories. Praised for its diversity and quality you are sure to enjoy your visit.

Day 17 Thursday May 9, 2019 Amsterdam
This morning we travel to the historic town Haarlem to visit De Sampler quilt shop, to purchase yet more fabulous fabric. In the afternoon we visit the very interesting and moving Anne Frank House, dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. She went into hiding in WWII in a secret annex to escape from the Nazis with seven other people. After more than two years they were discovered and deported to concentration camps. Out of the eight prisoners, Anne’s father Otto was the only one to survive. We will enjoy a farewell dinner this evening to say farewell to tour members and celebrate the enjoyable time we had on the tour.

Day 18 Friday May 10, 2019 Amsterdam
Today is a free day for last-minute sightseeing or shopping before we are transferred to the airport in the early evening for our flight back to Australia.

Day 19 Saturday May 11, 2019 Arrival Australia
This morning we arrive in Australia and tour activities end.

Optional pre-tour to PARIS

Day 1 Friday April 19, 2019 Depart Australia
This morning we board our flight to Paris.

Day 2 Saturday April 20, 2019 Paris, France
On arrival in Paris this morning we will enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide, covering Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Tuileries and a drive along the Champs Elysee to the Arc de Triomphe. We check in to our city hotel, our home for four nights.

Day 3 Sunday April 21, 2019 Paris
This morning we visit Musee des Artes de la Mode du Textile. It has displays of fashion and textiles in France over the centuries, The afternoon will be free for individual activity including time for shopping.

Day 4 Monday April 22, 2019 Paris
In the morning we will visit Ines La Boutique du Patchwork, where we will see a large selection of fabrics, kits and accessories. In the afternoon we visit the beautiful white Basilica Sacre Coeur on top of the hill at Montmartre. This location provides wonderful views all over Paris. The area is home to the last windmill, vineyard and narrow cobbled streets in Paris. We will have time to explore the streets near the Cathedral, where painters have sold their wares for about a hundred years. At the base of the basilica is the textile area of Paris, with many stores selling stunning fabrics, including patchwork and toile fabrics. There is much to be seen in Montmatre – museums, artisans and restaurants.

Day 5 Tuesday April 23, 2019 Paris
This morning we will visit the Toile de Jouy Museum. This museum was created in 1977 and dedicated to the activity of the Jouy factory and textile printing. More than 3,000 original Toile de Jouy designs exist. In the technical exhibition room we will see engraving tools, wood blocks, plates and copper rollers. We will follow the evolution of Toile de Jouy in the display of bed hangings, ornaments, textile panels and dresses. In the afternoon we visit Chateau de Versailles, the creation of the French monarchy in the 17th century, at the time of its greatest splendor. It consists of the opulent chateau, the magnificent gardens and the Trianon. You will enjoy this wonderful Royal Palace. We return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Twin Fare Single Fare
$8,690 $10,290

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Return economy-class air travel from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth to Paris and return to Australia from Amsterdam
  • Travel in first-class chartered coaches
  • Accommodation and breakfast in first-class and moderate first-class hotels, including taxes and service charges
  • Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Entry to the International Show of the Arts of the Thread and attractions as detailed in itinerary
  • Tour leadership by Michelle Marvig
  • Tour management by Travelrite International Pty. Ltd. with an experienced Tour Manager meeting the group in Paris
  • A Travelrite travel bag

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and general expenses unless specified in the itinerary
  • Additional travel arrangements not in the detailed itinerary. These will be quoted for separately

PRE-TOUR TO PARIS PRICE

The price per person twin-share $ 1750
Single supplement $ 500

Included in the pre-tour to Paris:

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in a first-class hotel in Paris on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Sightseeing as listed in the itinerary

Not included in the pre-tour:

  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary. These will be quoted for separately.
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Drinks
  • Lunches and dinners unless listed in the itinerary

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Tour Costs:
The tour costs are based on airfare, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 20/1/18. Travelrite reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to price will be made within 62 days of departure from Australia.

Deposits and Payments:
A deposit of $1000 per passenger for is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 62 days before departure for the Quilting Tour. Paying by cheque or cash a 1.5% administration fee will be charged on payment by Visa or Mastercard and 3% on payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards.

Air taxes:
from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are as at 20/1/18. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Travelrite International reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

Cancellation Conditions:
Cancellations within 62 days of departure will result in the loss of all monies paid. Cancellation outside 62 days from departure will result in a cancellation fee of $1000 per person. Tour Organisation: Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.

Minimum Tour Numbers:
The tour has been based on a minimum number of passengers having booked 62 days prior to departure. Travelrite reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of all monies paid or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified cost. Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour.

Refunds:
The tour is based on arrangements, which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

Baggage:
All passengers qualify for the 20kg baggage allowance.

Responsibility:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd. (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organizer. Travelrite acts only as an agent in the making of arrangements for hotels, transportation, restaurants or any other service and does not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in the tour, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/ or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be undertaken in the State of Victoria, Australia.

How to Book:
Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $1000 for the tour. Please send to: Travelrite International Pty Ltd. 423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn 3103 Victoria Further information or a booking form can be obtained by telephoning Travelrite International on the following numbers: Toll Free 1800 630 343 Phone: (03) 8803 6868 or Fax: (03) 9836 8068 Email: balwyn@travelrite.com.au www.travelrite.com.au

About Travelrite International:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a well-established travel company which has been operating in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne for more than 30 years. It is fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) and has two fully accredited IATA offices – Heathmont and Balwyn. As such, it directly represents the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international tour and transport operators. Travelrite International has been operating special interest tours for 25 years, and now runs over 90 tours a year. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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